Alaska southbound

Island Princess Cruise Review to Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 7

Overall rating:

4.3 out of 5
Island Princess

7 Night Voyage Of The Glaciers Southbound (Anchorage To Vancouver)

Sail date: July 10, 2019

Ship: Island Princess

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: B718

Traveled as: Large Group

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Very good. Really enjoyed the shows in the Princess Theatre. Excellent productions. Also enjoyed the naturalist's talks, although he is a bit full of himself. :-) If I hadn't been sick and had to visit medical and get charged a small fortune, I could have enjoyed the whole cruise a lot more.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
very good; fast

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
MDR had excellent selections. The buffet was varied and what I had was quite good.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
trivia; stage shows

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Excellent! The play was the best, but the other two shows were fantastic also.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Waiters were very attentive and did their job well, as did our room steward. However, on former Caribbean cruises on Carnival, these people knew our names, what drinks we liked, etc. Very fun to interact with. The people on the Island Princess did nothing above and beyond their duty, I feel. It would have been nice to have that little extra personal touch.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
It was difficult to decide which elevator to take to get where I needed to go, but that seems to always be the case on cruise ships. All parts of the ship were kept immaculately clean.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
The bed and pillows were SO very comfortable. Cabin was kept clean. However, the size was a bit small in comparison to the three Carnival balcony rooms I have had before. I was used to a 2 seat couch and a coffee table facing the TV. In the Princess cabin, we only had one chair and a very small table. This forced us to eat in the bed or at the desk. A second chair would have at least made things a bit more tolerable. Too small in comparison with Carnival!

Ship tip

I rather enjoyed the smaller ship, as the amount of people kept the whole ship less crowded.

Ports of call

Whittier (Anchorage), Alaska Did not visit port

Only boarded the ship here.

Cruise Hubbard Glacier

5 out of 5
Enjoyed it very much. Enjoyed the naturalist's explanation about it.

Cruise Glacier Bay

5 out of 5
Enjoyed it very much. Enjoyed the naturalist's explanation about it.

Skagway, Alaska

5 out of 5
I was sick and not able to visit off the ship. However, my husband took the White Pass railway excursion and enjoyed it very much.

Juneau, Alaska

5 out of 5
Did a whale watching trip. Saw a whole bunch of whales together. Wonderful!

Ketchikan, Alaska

5 out of 5
Saw the lumberjack show. A bit corny, but I really enjoyed it.

Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia Did not visit port

Only left ship here.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Went relatively quickly. A bit behind shedule, but okay.
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